One of Germany’s biggest research organizations selects DDN for AI-driven discoveries

By Liza Laws

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Helmholtz Munich, one of Germany’s 19 research centers, that develops future solutions and technologies has selected DataDirect Networks (DDN) to accelerate its artificial intelligence (AI) driven discoveries.

As part of the Helmholtz Association, the Munich base researches and integrates AI methodologies and spans multiple data-intensive computational applications including decoding plant genomes, tissue sample testing or creature and epidemiology cohort studies.

Helmholtz Munich say its scientists and researchers are ‘continuously pursuing new ways to solve complex problems faster, requiring a reliable solution that could keep up with research demands’.

Alf Wachsmann, head of digIT infrastructure and scientific computing, at Helmholtz Munich, said: “The knowledge that Helmholtz Munich gains from its research forms the foundation of tomorrow’s medicine and delivers concrete benefits to society and improvements to human health.

“DDN’s decades of experience, world-class customer support and high-performing and reliable architecture helps me help my researchers continue their work without disruption today, and well into the future.”

Helmholtz Munich has four fully populated application systems that span a global namespace - a combination of file systems from any number of file storage devices - enabling easy control and management of large data sets, streamlined workflows and unmatched performance needed to reduce time to discovery.

The center also implemented a system with graphics processing unit (GPU) integration that delivers faster data throughput with direct data paths between storage and GPU specifically for its intensive AI applications.

The company’s parallel filesystem appliances significantly accelerate Helmholtz Munich’s researchers’ ability to accelerate discovery processes while mitigating day-to-day risk associated with the ingest, distribution and analysis of Big Data.

Kurt Kuckein, vice president of marketing, DDN, said: “DDN EXAscaler’s performance is just one part of the complete AI storage picture with unmatched capabilities in security, stability, user and data management, and was built to tackle today’s most demanding AI end-to-end requirements at any scale.

“DDN is honored to assist Helmholtz Munich by delivering solutions that allow its researchers to focus on the scientific discoveries that improve the world of tomorrow.” 

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